Who’s top of the class?
THE incredible achievements of schools across the region will be celebrated in the Greater Manchester Schools Awards.
The awards, now in their fifth year, are FREE to enter and open to all primary, secondary and independent schools across the region’s 10 boroughs.
There are nine categories and we welcome nominations from schools themselves – or staff, governors, parents, students or people in the community.
Among last year’s winners was Pictor Academy, an outstanding special needs school in Timperley, Trafford.
Staff and pupils scooped the Primary School of the Year award.
Headteacher of the Year was awarded to Stephen Lawler-Smith, of Moorside Community Primary School in Swinton, Salford.
M.E.N. editor-in-chief Darren Thwaites said: “I am delighted to introduce you to fifth annual Greater Manchester Schools Awards and to invite you to enter.
“Whether you are a teacher, a pupil or a parent, this exciting and prestigious event is your chance to salute your school as we aim to find and celebrate the very best.
“We will be naming the overall Greater Manchester School of the Year for 2018, for a primary and secondary school that our judges think has had the most outstanding year.
“And we are on the look out too for success stories across a range of categories. Everyone who enters will receive a certificate and the finalists will be invited to attend a celebration lunch and awards ceremony in July where the winners will be revealed.
“I am sure your school deserves recognition. So please, send us your entries and honour your school at the Greater Manchester School Awards.”
The Manchester College will once again sponsor the awards.
Principal Lisa O’Loughlin said: “We are thrilled to sponsor the exciting and inspirational Schools Awards 2018 for a fifth year.
“The Manchester College is unique in that we offer vocational and academic courses at sites across the city.
“From GCSE’s to Higher TO enter visit www.manchester schoolsawards.co.uk to download your entry form or contact the events team to be sent a copy on 0161 211 2188 or email: email@example.com.
All finalists are invited to attend our celebration lunch and awards ceremony on Friday, July 6, 2018, held at the Hilton Deansgate.
Contact: You can contact the events team on 0161 2112188 or email: events department@menmedia. co.uk, or you can keep up with event news on twitter @SchoolsAwards Education, apprenticeships to A Levels, academic to vocational, our varied full and part-time courses means that we can truly support each individual career choice.
“We encourage all our students to ‘Be Amazing’ and our holistic approach to learning means that we can provide a wide range of opportunities for school leavers across the Greater Manchester area.” Healthy Living Award: This award is for an individual, class or whole school who make it a priority to lead a healthy lifestyle. This could be by encouraging exercise or teaching pupils about eating healthy foods. Maybe your school grows vegetables or has an allotment, or a project to encourage wellbeing.
School in the Community Award: This award is for a class, year group or whole school who play an active role in their community. That may be through raising money for charity, performing in the community, helping others or working together to make the community a better place.
School Communication Award: For this award we are looking for a school with exceptional internal and external communication. This could be through a VLE portal, blog, social media, website or a school newspaper. Class / Team of the Year: Does your school have an ●● outstanding class or team? We want to hear how pupils and teachers have worked together to really stand out. It could be a sports team that has trained hard, or an orchestra, choir or drama group that has worked together on a performance.
School Support Staff of the Year: This award is for any member of non-teaching school staff who has played a vital role in the running of the school and the happiness and security of the children. It may be a teaching assistant, a member of administrative staff, a caretaker, a careers advisor or any other member of support staff who makes a real difference.
Student Teacher of the Year: This award is open to all student teachers on a placement in Greater Manchester schools as part of a school or university-led teacher training course. (Not open to new teachers).
Inspirational Teacher of the Year: Do you know an inspirational teacher? We are looking for a teacher who has shown constant dedication, kindness and understanding .
Headteacher of the Year: This award is for outstanding primary and secondary school leaders, whose guidance and leadership help create a dynamic learning environment, where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their potential.
Primary School of the Year: This will be awarded to the primary school which, in the opinion of the judges, has had an outstanding academic year. That may be down to improvements in attendance levels, parent engagement or exam results. Schools applying may have made, developed or built upon partnerships in the community.
Secondary School of the Year: This will be awarded to the secondary school which has had an outstanding academic year.
It could be down to amazing exam results, or the tackling of a particular issue.
Stephen Lawler-Smith, of Moorside Community Primary School, won Headteacher of the Year in 2017.